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New Toyota Hilux Raider vs Ford Ranger XLT – R500,000 bakkie battle

Toyota has updated the fan-favourite Raider trim level for the Hilux in South Africa.

The Raider is the mid-range option in the popular bakkie series, and is now available in 10 specifications with prices ranging from R563,200 for the base Xtra cab, or up to R876,600 for the range-topping double cab 4×4.

In the same price bracket is another popular mid-spec option, the Ford Ranger XLT, which costs at least R589,500 for the Super cab, or up to R854,500 for the top-end five-seater.

As these two bakkies are the most popular vehicles in the country, it’s only natural to compare them to see which one has the competitive edge.

Performance

The Raider provides three different turbocharged diesel powertrains including a mild hybrid, and you can find a breakdown of their performance in the table below:

Engine Output Fuel consumption Maximum payload Maximum towing capacity
2.4l turbo-diesel 110kW/400Nm 7.7l/100km 855kg 2,750kg
2.8l turbo-diesel 150kW/500Nm 8.0l/100km 850kg 3,500kg
2.8l turbo-diesel mild-hybrid 150kW/500Nm 7.4l/100km 790kg 3,500kg

The XLT, in contrast, only offers two options in the form of a 2.0-litre diesel plant with either a single or bi-turbo setup, which you can compare below:

Engine Output Fuel consumption Maximum payload Maximum towing capacity
2.0l single-turbo diesel 125kW/405Nm 7.5l/100km 989kg 3,500kg
2.0l bi-turbo diesel 154kW/500Nm 7.5l/100km 974kg 3,500kg

All of the drivetrains are remarkably similar in their output and fuel usage, though the Ranger has a small edge in both cases with a bit more power.

The Ford is also leading the pack with regards to its towing capacity, which is the same for all units, while the cheapest Toyota is lagging behind with a cap of 2,750kg.

It’s also important to note that the Hilux is sold with either a six-speed manual or automatic gearbox, while every Ranger has an auto-shifter with either six or 10 gears at its disposal.

The powerplants are only half the story, though, as the vehicle’s dimensions are another important factor.

Here is a breakdown of the attributes for both double cabs:

Specification Toyota Hilux Raider Ford Ranger XLT
Length 5,325mm 5,350mm
Width 1,855mm 2,015mm
Height 1,815mm 1,886mm
Wheelbase 3,085mm 3,270mm
Ground clearance 286mm 237mm
Wading depth 700mm 800mm
Approach angle 29.0 degrees 30.0 degrees
Break-over angle 22.5 degrees 22.0 degrees
Departure angle 26.0 degrees 25.6 degrees

The XLT is slightly larger than the Raider in all dimensions, though the latter does have the better ground clearance, and the two end up with similar off-road angles.

Despite this, the American actually has the better water wading depth.

Features

The updated Raider’s changes begin at the cosmetic level, with a honeycomb-pattern grille in matte black, black fog lamp bezels, a colour-coded front bumper, black side mirrors, a black rear bumper, and 17-inch alloy wheels.

This makes for a nice contrast with the XLT, as it also has 17-inch rims and is the first model in the Ranger line-up to feature its signature C-clamp LED headlights and daytime running lights.

All versions of both cars come with a multifunction steering wheel, a touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic air conditioning, front and rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, cruise control, hill assist, and ABS.

The main difference is that the Toyota has an 8.8-inch infotainment monitor and a small multi-info driver’s display, while the Ford gets keyless entry and start, a 10.0-inch screen, and an 8-inch digital driver display.

Upgrading to the top-end Hilux Raider will then add keyless entry and start, leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat, voice commands, six speakers, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert, and hill-descent control.

The Ranger lacks the electronic driver’s seat and only gets the assistance systems as part of an optional specification pack, but it does benefit from the automaker’s driving modes for Normal, Eco, Tow/Haul, Slippery, Mud, and Sand.

Pricing

The South African pricing for the new Toyota Hilux Raider is as follows:

  • Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Xtra Cab Raider – R563,200
  • Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Xtra Cab Raider Auto – R587,200
  • Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab Raider – R612,100
  • Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab Raider Auto – R633,200
  • Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab 4×4 Raider – R684,800
  • Toyota Hilux 2.4GD-6 Double Cab 4×4 Raider Auto – R716,300
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 Double Cab Raider Auto – R769,900
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 48V Double Cab Raider – R785,400
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 Double Cab 4×4 Raider Auto – R858,600
  • Toyota Hilux 2.8GD-6 48V Double Cab 4×4 Raider – R876,600

Each purchase comes with a 3-year/100,000km warranty and 9-services/90,000km service plan.

The local pricing for the Ford Ranger XLT is as follows:

  • Ford Ranger 2.0 SiT SuperCab XLT – R589,500
  • Ford Ranger 2.0 SiT double cab XLT – R648,600
  • Ford Ranger 2.0 SiT double cab XLT 4×4 – R732,600
  • Ford Ranger 2.0 BiTurbo SuperCab XLT 4×4 – R741,300
  • Ford Ranger 2.0 BiTurbo double cab XLT – R767,600
  • Ford Ranger 2.0 BiTurbo double cab XLT 4×4 – R854,500

This includes a 4-year/120,000km warranty and a 4-year/unlimited kilometre roadside assistance plan.


Toyota Hilux Raider


Ford Ranger XLT


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